The Elkin Wet Lightning swimming team held its second meet of the season on Tuesday night at the Elkin Municipal Park. The Wet Lightning took on the Dobson Dolphins, and came away with a 971.5 to 513.5 win.
“(The team) is looking good and much improved from two weeks ago,” said Assistant Coach Sybil Myers. “I’m pleased with what I see so far.”
Wet Lightning started off strong as several of its swimmers beat their previous records from the first meet. In event five, 11-year-old Lily Gambill blew away her competition as she won the Girls 11 and 12 year old 100 SC Meter IM with a finals time of 1:38.97. The next fastest time for the Girls 11 and 12 year old 100 SC Meter IM was 1:52.68 by Wet Lightning’s Chandler Ann Beals. In the Girls 15-18 year old 50 SC Meter Freestyle, Wet Lightning’s 17-year-old Annie Douglas beat her teammate, Brooke Collins by .86 seconds. The Boys 15-18 year old 50 SC Meter Freestyle saw Wet Lightning’s 16-year-old Dockery Sloop win with a time of 26.81.
“Our new swimmers are showing huge improvement in their strength, technique, and confidence,” said Myers. “That’s been the biggest change in the last two weeks.”
Although the Wet Lightning came away with the win, the Dobson Dolphins had several winners in their respective meets. Sara Collina won the Girls 13-14 100 SC Meter IM with a time of 1:24.53. Sebastian Frausto won the Boys 6 & under 25 SC Meter Freestyle with a time of 29.30, which was 1.19 seconds faster than his seed time.
The first meet of the year for the Wet Lightning was held on June 18, as they beat Galax 935 to 573. Although the team won, there were still signs of nerves and the usual feeling that comes with the first meet of the year.
“I thought the team was starting to show signs of being very strong and already much improved. The first meet was sort of a general “cringe,” but it always is each year,” said Myers. “The second meet was much better and an overall, “OK, we’re coming along now.”
This season the Wet Lightning has around 125 swimmers ranging from age four to 18. There are 30 new swimmers, and most of those swimmers have no competitive swimming experience.
“It takes a lot of help from good assistants and hard work and dedication (to coach a swim team). We have some extremely dedicated people working hard in this program. But that’s what makes summer swimming so unique,” said Myers. “You put all these kids of varying abilities together with their families and have a team that’s strong in talent and character, with a real sense of community. It’s a way of life in the summer, just ask any swim team family.”
The Wet Lighting is just getting started with their season, as they have several events left this summer. Their next meet is July 7 in Elkin, as the Wet Lightning takes on Mount Airy.
“I’m hoping for a safe summer season for our swimmers and families,” said Meyers. “I hope they have a great time, learn a lot, and improve their times throughout the season. That’s what it’s all about.”